Imagine Schools Salutes our 2017 Teacher of the Year!

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  Imagine Schools values the 3,000 teachers whose craft and passion accelerates the learning of every Imagine student. But each year, we select one teacher who embodies the very best of what it means to educate and inspire students to reach higher, try harder, and become successful scholars and citizens. The process of selecting our Teacher of the Year is rigorous, comprised …

Dinner of Excellence Feeds Body and Soul

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Each month at Imagine Clay Avenue Community School, specially selected Toledo, Ohio elementary students are treated to a gourmet dinner at the campus. Fifth Grade Teacher and Grade Level Leader Ryan Throop-Voors and his wife Jesse, also an Imagine teacher, purchase ingredients and lead chosen students in the process of preparing a “Dinner of Excellence.” Participating students are nominated by their teachers …

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Proficiency and Learning Gains

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Why are my proficiency scores high yet my learning gains seem to be low? An Individual assessment score (e.g. Reading -Spring) indicates the academic status of a student at a particular point in time while learning gains measure the growth of a student from one point in time to a later point in time. An individual assessment score is converted …

Headlines and Honors

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Imagine International Academy of North Texas students were recently honored by C‑SPAN and Spectrum as winners for C‑SPAN’s annual student video documentary competition, StudentCam. During the visit a C‑SPAN Representative presented a StudentCam certificate of merit to all 12 winning students during ceremonies in front of classmates, teachers, family members, and dignitaries to recognize their achievement in the national competition. StudentCam encourages …

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In the News!

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We believe the hard work of our Imagine Schools’ students and talented teachers is always deserving of recognition. It it rewarding, however, when others take note of the great things happening in our classrooms and the lives of our students. Below are two recent features highlighting the impact of our schools. Getting Smart, an online resource for educational innovation and …

Predictions

Individual Student Prediction

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Why are my predictions frequently incorrect? In an earlier blog post, we discussed the difficulties involved in making individual student predictions, especially when we are attempting to make pass/fail predictions. Great care must be utilized when attempting to predict an individual student’s performance on a state test. Many idiosyncratic issues or occurrences can influence a student’s score on a single …

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Five Ideas to Maximize Classroom Space with an Engaging Design

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Have you noticed when you stand in front of the class to begin teaching your students slouch down in their seats in a lackluster or defensive manner, assuming that another whole group lesson will be boring or too difficult? The design of the classroom space lets students know if it is teacher centered or student centered. Students can tell by …

Celebrating National School Choice Week

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From Arizona to Florida, students across Imagine Schools participated in a weeklong celebration of school choice. National School Choice Week took place January 23-27 in our schools with a variety of events in local communities. It is part of a broader, nationwide movement with more than 21,000 events planned coast-to-coast to highlight the importance of school choice. From rallies at …